The Las Vegas strip property now known as the Linq got its start back in 1959, when Flamingo Hotel Casino employee Bill Capri got an idea to build a motel just to the north of it, and after bringing in partner George Goldberg, the Flamingo Capri Motel was born.
The Flamingo itself had been in operation for several years at that time, being first opened by mobster Bugsy Siegel back in 1946, as the first luxury casino on the strip. There wasn’t anywhere near as much competition on the strip back in 1959 as there is now, and the Flamingo wasn’t worried about a 180 room motel up the road using its name, and some of their guests probably would want to gamble, and they were the closest casino.
The property remained a motel until it was bought by Ralph Engelstad in 1971, who immediately built a casino to go along with it. In 1977, after bringing the room count up to 750, it became renamed as the Asian themed Imperial Palace.
The Imperial Palace grew several times during the 1980’s, eventually reaching its current size of 2,637 hotel rooms in 1987. The casino was also expanded and while this wasn’t quite as big as the Flamingo Las Vegas next door, they at least now were able to give them some serious competition.
Around this time, Engelstad ran into trouble with the Nevada Gaming Commission when it was found out that he hosted Nazi themed parties, as well as hosting an event celebrating the birthday of Adolph Hitler. Engelstad even had a statue of himself on the property created in the likeness of Hitler. The Imperial Palace almost lost their gaming license over this but in the end paid a $1.5 million fine instead.
The improvements and renovations continued under Engelstad’s ownership, including a new swimming pool, a two story waterfall, a spa, a nightclub, a race and sports book, and even a 24 hour medical center, as the hotel casino sought to keep pace with the competition.
Engelstad died in 2002, leaving the hotel casino to his family, who ended up selling to present owner Caesar’s Entertainment in 2005. Caesar’s has poured hundreds of millions more into the project since, and along the way, the name got changed a couple of times, to The Quad Resort and Casino in 2012, and finally to the Linq Hotel and Casino in 2014, which it is presently known.
The Attractions of the Linq Hotel and Casino
The hotel rooms at the Linq are very nicely appointed and decorated, and are loaded with amenities, although the standard rooms, available in either king or two queen, are all non smoking and only come with a shower and no tub.
The room sizes here range from 250 to 350 square feet. They come with all the features you’d expect in a fine hotel room, including an in room refrigerator, something you don’t get at a lot of hotels.
Prices range from $49 a night on up, and the prices here vary a lot, with some nights costing you several hundred dollars, so you want to take that well into account when booking if you’re looking for a bargain.
Poolside cabanarooms are also available, and those who require more living space can choose the 600 square foot King suite with separate bedroom and living area, although you still don’t get a bathtub.
The most distinct feature of the Linq is their 550 foot high observation wheel known as the High Roller, named “the must see attraction of 2015 in Las Vegas.” This is the largest observation wheel in the world, and rates start at $22 for a half hour trip on it in air conditioned comfort with great views of the city.
Other major attractions here include Frank Marino’s female impersonation show Divas of Las Vegas, as well as nightly shows from magician Mat Franco, the 2015 winner of America‘s Got Talent. The Brooklyn Bowl provides both 32 lanes of bowling and regular live musical acts, as well as comfort food.
Off The Strip features 3 separate bars as well as casual dining. Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar offers 2 stores of Mexican dining. Yard House promises great food and an extensive beer selection.
Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar is the signature restaurant here, offering guests a taste of Fieri’s signature cuisine. Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery provides Celtic flavors and experiences. Flour and Barley Brick Oven Pizza delivers the pizza and paninis. Haute Doggery serves up gourmet hot dogs.
There’s also a Starbucks location, a juice shop, a cupcake shop, an ice cream and chocolate shop, a cone shop, Virgil’s Real BBQ, Canter’s Deli, and Gordon Ramsay’s Fish and Chips. So the dining options here are extensive indeed.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, 7 shops await you on the Linq Promenade. If you’re in the mood for drinks, O’Shea’s offers not only an Irish Pub but a separate casino, with regular beer pong contests. American Beer and Cocktails serves up drinks and encourages you to bring your own food. The Tag Sports Bar, the Catalyst Bar, and 3535 round out the entertainment selections here.
There’s also a pool on site which you can enjoy, or even get a cabana room, or check out their spa, with many services and amenities, including a fitness center. You can get yourself a tattoo at Club Tattoo. There’s also an auto collection worth $100 million which you can view and all of the cars here are for sale as well.
The Casino at the Linq
The casino here is a good sized one, with 118,000 square feet of gaming space. Players can get a free membership in Caesar’s Entertainment’s Total Rewards program, where you can earn and redeem frequent player rewards at any Caesar’s owned property. Players can also get a Total Rewards Visa to earn points even faster.
There are 830 slot and video poker machines on hand for your enjoyment, in denominations ranging from a penny to $25. If you like playing for big jackpots there are lots on hand here, including Megabucks and Wheel of Fortune, where you can win millions with a single spin.
55 table games also await you here, featuring such classic games as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and Craps, as well as Bix Six, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, and Texas Holdem Bonus.
Whether you enjoy betting on sports or on the horses, the Sports Book at the Linq has everything you want, where you will enjoy watching your bets unfold on their HD screens in very comfortable seats.
While the poker room here is closed, players can also play poker from anywhere in the state of Nevada on Caesar’s WSOP online poker site, 24 hours a day.
The Linq has a pretty rich history on the Las Vegas strip, and still represent a good choice for those who are looking to visit Las Vegas and are looking for a first rate hotel and casino.